BURLINGTON – The Kaneland girls track and field team won Friday’s Class 2A Burlington Central Sectional while qualifying five individual entries and two relays for next week’s state meet in Charleston.
Sophomore Victoria Clinton hadn’t competed in a track meet in two weeks, missing last Friday’s Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference meet because of a triathlon competition. But the Class 2A cross country champion placed second in the 1,600 with a time of 5:20.92. It will be her first time at state track.
“It was hard mentally going from triathlon to track, but you just have to be positive in the race,” Clinton said. “Just trying to get the qualifying time then at state, have fun and do my best.”
Junior Lauren Zick finished second in long jump at 16-06.5. The Knights’ 4x800 team of Amanda Lesak, Aislinn Lodwig, Sydney Strang and Jessica Kucera won in 9:51.73.
Brianna Bower won the 3,200 title in 11:37. Ashley Castellanos won the triple jump by clearing 34-8. Kaneland’s Christina Delach was fourth in the pole vault, but qualified for state by clearing 9-9.
The Knights’ 4x400 team closed out the meet with a second-place finish, qualifying for state with a time of 4:07.45.
Host Central advanced five individuals, plus its 4x800 relay. Other Rockets qualifiers included Jasmine Castillo (300 hurdles) and Katie Trupp, the sectional champ in the pole vault and high jump.
Class 2A Glenbard South Sectional: At Glen Ellyn, St. Francis athletes Megan McShea (3,200) and Amanda Nunley (100 hurdles) qualified for next week’s state meet.
Class 1A Lisle Sectional: At Lisle, sectional champion Aurora Christian qualified nine individual entries and three relays to next week’s state meet. The Eagles’ Peyton Wade qualified in the 100 and 300 hurdles.
Kaneland takes conference title: At Dixon, Kaneland comfortably topped DeKalb to win the Northern Illinois Big 12 title. The Knights’ conference champions included Dylan Kuipers (pole vault), Nathaniel Kucera (400) and Kyle Carter (800). Carter’s time of 1:54.46 in the 800 was second-fastest in school history.
IHSA state tournament: At Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Geneva’s Ann Green paced the Chronicle-area contingent of state qualifiers, going 3-2 and advancing to a fourth-round consolation match. Green won her first-round match, 21-9, 21-12, against Glenbard West’s Sarah Haggerty and tallied two team points.
The Vikings’ double team of Nicole Schneider and Suchada Ritsiri was 0-2. The St. Charles North tandem of Amanda Garbarz and Saadiya Jabbar was 1-2 and tallied 0.5 team points.
St. Charles East 10, Oswego 0 (5 inn.): At Oswego, Adam Eck earned his first varsity win for 18-9 East, striking out nine in four innings. Nick Huskisson drove in three runs.
St. Charles East 10, Batavia 3: At Batavia, Kate Peterburs doubled and homered for East (24-4, 13-3 Upstate Eight Conference River Division), while Katie Kolb notched two hits. Natalie Offutt had two hits for Batavia (5-17, 2-12), which led, 2-0, after the first inning.
Kaneland 11, Plainfield North 4: At Plainfield, Sarah Grams’ pinch-hit, bases-clearing triple in the seventh punctuated a rally that saw Kaneland score eight times in the final two innings. Meg Cohrs notched four RBIs for the 18-3 Knights.
Burlington Central 14, Sycamore 3 (5 inn.): At Burlington, Brooke Gaylord doubled, tripled and drove in four runs and Bekah Harnish hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the fifth as Central (22-1) rolled. Emily Kisch (8-0) struck out nine batters in five innings of work.
St. Francis 10, Chicago Christian 1: At Wheaton, Alli Dittrich smacked a three-run home run to back winner Maggie Remus, who moved to 16-0 in the SCC romp. St. Francis is 19-3.
• Shaw Media’s Ross Jacobson contributed to this report.